Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Delaware Valley University is pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin E. Rusiloski, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, will serve as interim president.
“Dr. Rusiloski is a talented and experienced administrator who can lead our university with skill and dedication during the search for Dr. Gallo’s successor,” said Majid Alsayegh, chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the University.
About Dr. Rusiloski
Before becoming vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty in 2016, Dr. Rusiloski served as dean of the School of Life and Physical Sciences. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing all academic-related matters, including program development, evaluation, faculty development, and strategic planning for the School of Life and Physical Sciences.
Dr. Rusiloski joined DelVal’s faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor of chemistry. Since then, he has served as a professor, chaired two academic departments, served as a dean, and served as VPAA and dean of the faculty.
As dean, he was the principal investigator for a $707,569 award from the National Science Foundation and a $150,000 gift from the Mandell Foundation that were used to renovate five science laboratories on campus. Additionally, he helped secure funding from Bristol Myers Squibb to support student research.
Dr. Rusiloski led the development and implementation of DelVal’s signature Experience360 Program. The program, which has become a hallmark of a DelVal education, uses real-world experiences and employer feedback to prepare students for success as young professionals. The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) selected the Experience360 Program as the 2019 Outstanding Experiential Learning Program.
Message from Dr. Rusiloski
June 2, 2021
Dear students, faculty and staff,
Today marks my first day serving Delaware Valley University as its Interim President.
I know you join me in thanking Dr. Gallo for her leadership over the past five years and in wishing her the best on her appointment as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. I am also grateful for her support and assistance over the past two months preparing for this transition.
I am honored to have been asked to serve as DelVal’s Interim President during the presidential search process. I deeply appreciate the professionalism and dedication of our faculty and staff and the enthusiasm of our students. We have an excellent leadership team in place, and I am confident we will move through this transition period smoothly.
We have just completed an incredibly successful year at DelVal despite the challenges of the global pandemic. The resolve and determination that you showed during the past 15 months will carry the institution forward as we navigate the changing dynamics of the pandemic and seize the many opportunities for DelVal that lie ahead.
We have just launched a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of the institution’s founding. I had the pleasure and privilege of being at DelVal for its 100th anniversary as well. The progress we have made in the past 25 years has been remarkable, but that is due to our most valuable resource – all of you and the differences you make each day in the life of the institution. I am confident that in working together we will set the table for a bright future for DelVal and our next President.
I hope that you all enjoy a safe and healthy summer!